Ambassador Hotel

, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ambassador Hotel

, Istanbul
3 star

Rooms: 22

Ticarethan - Istanbul - 34420 - Turkey Hotel Website | | +90 212 5120002
290 Traveller

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Historical Traveller Reviews of Ambassador Hotel

superb view at breakfast

from oceancruisers
My husband and I spent a week at the Ambassador Hotel in May, 2007 and found the hotel to be ok. The hotel has very small old fashioned rooms with one of the hardest beds we have ever had the disadvantage to sleep on. We asked for a cushioned pad to be put on the bed but the hotel doesn't have anything like that so they put a couple of dirty duvet inserts on the mattress which made little difference. The rooms really weren't the tidiest but they did keep the bathroom clean. What makes this hotel nice is its location and the breakfast terrace overlooking the magnificent Blue Mosque. The well provisioned breakfast buffet was very nice and the fact that they pick you up at the airport with a minimum stay was worth it. If you want first class hotels, staying in the old city is not where you should stay but if you want the feel of Turkish culture and to be in the middle of it, this hotel fits the bill.

Excellent value, great service

from funkyfresh
We had been staying in another Sultanahmet hotel but were disappointed with the accomodations. Although the Ambassador was slightly more at about $80/night, it was well worth it. The rooftop deck where breakfast is served has possibly the most stunning view I have ever had while eating (or ever, really). It is simply breathtaking. And the breakfast buffet is pretty impressive too.

There was free internet access and the friendly hotel staff were great with helping us plan the rest of our trip and making reservations.

The only downside was that the air conditioning was a little underpowered, but this is a fairly minor quibble.

reasonable

from billmarycoe
My wife and I ( in our mid sixties) stayed at the Ambassador for 5 days. We were greeted with a friendly and english speaking front desk. Our room was decent size and clean. The small rooftop restaurant as a wonderful way to start each day with a very nice buffet breakfast and a great view of the old city and the Brosphorus. The Bazaar, Spice mkt, the Golden Horn and major Mosques were within walking distance.
We paid $75.00 per nite for a dbl which included an 1 hour massage and sauna for both my wife and I during our stay. A computer was available free in the lobby. The hotel supplied our trip to the airport.
We were able to book private escorted tours such as; Full day Istanbul tour ($75. pp) , full day Princess Island tour ((45.00 pp)
including lunch thru "Crossroads Travel "in Turkey. They also supplied our private tours in Ephesus & Athens, Greece.

massage !

from expatengineer
Overall a good experience due to the people working in the hotel. The physical condition of the hotel is so-so. In our room the TV didn't work, the cable connection was bare wires, also the phone didn;t work. That turned out to be a bare wire deal as well. Rooms are small and simple, but clean.
The breakfast was very good for a buffet. The yoghurt was the best I have ever tasted. Everyone working there did a great job to make our stay enjoyable.
We picked the hotel for the Sauna/Turkish bath onsite. After a long day shopping take advantage of it. My wife and I booked the full bath-massage and had a wonderful time enjoying it together. Don't be shy.
Overall a very pleasant stay and right close to everything and the street car right in front.
PS the leather shop just outside will give a 25% discount right up front to hotel guests.

Great value for money

from SuzyE
Myself and two other friends stayed at this hotel for three nights, in room 502. We felt this triple room was large enough for our needs, and was very clean and tidy.

The best thing about this hotel is the location. It is a stones throw from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, with great views from the terrace. The tram stop is also about 50m away. The staff are also very helpful.

There are several restaurants in the vicinity, all of a reasonable price.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to be within walking distance of the major sites, but at a reasonable price too.

Just as the reviews say

from mensforth
My husband and I have just spent 4 nights at this wonderful little hotel. It was just as the reviews say. And all for 75 euros -including breakfast on the terrace, a free hour long massage and airport pick up (if booked directly via the hotel's website).

And the views from the roof terrace really are beautiful. I took some great photos of the blue mosque at sunset.

It is not a top class hotel but had everything we needed. If you go you must try the various massages on offer from Zeki (think that's his name) leaves you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Also book a turkish spa - DIY is good as you have the place to yourself - for 10 euros!

A great find - thank you trip advisor reviewers!

Great service and location!

from billiken17
R.Miranda, from Vancouver, Canada
I stayed at this hotel for 6 days, Sept 18 to 23, 2006. The people are very friendly and very accommodating. I was booked on the 5th floor, where the terrace is. An amazing view of the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorous. Very good breakfast buffet and kitchen service the 24 hours. I had the Turkish bath and oil massage the day I arrived at 10.30 pm. Mustafa was very accommodating and Zeki very knowledgeable. I recommend to take the all day Bosphorous tour, our guide had great knowledge and the views and places you visit are amazing. Great location and service for the price you pay. Will book this same hotel and recommend to my friends for future visits to Istanbul.

Great hotel

from kcg2002
We moved to the Hotel Ambassador after one night in a dingy, slightly cheaper hotel in Sultanahmet and it completely changed the tenor of our stay. This is a great hotel and highly recommended.

We paid 72 euros a night for a double room, which was furnished with a double bed, a single bed, a small table with chairs, and a tv. The bathroom appliances worked, as did the air conditioning. The room looked onto other buildings, but the rooftop restaurant had beautiful views of the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus. The hotel is a few minutes' walk from the Aya Sofya. A warning: the call to prayer at 5 am will definitely wake you up!

Breakfast was included and had more options that at the other hotels where we stayed later in the trip. It was buffet-style.
The hotel's best feature was the helpful, friendly, and perfectly-English-speaking staff. They were happy to give us recommendations about other parts of Turkey to visit, to call hotels in other towns to make reservations, and to help us navigate Istanbul.
There is free wireless internet throughout the hotel, and also a computer with internet to use in the lobby. My boyfriend got a massage in the Turkish Bath in the basement, and said it was decent. There is also a small gym in the hotel.

Great Views and prices!

from TUNAKAYB
If you’re looking for a great independent, off the beaten path hotel in Istanbul, this is the place! The views from the balcony are excellent. It is located in Istanbul's historic district, right next to Sultanahmet Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

We were well cared for at the Ambassador

from bsawg
We booked the Ambassador because the friend we were visiting in Istanbul has had several relatives and friends stay there and they have always been happy with it. We were happy with the hotel for the price we paid - this was supposed to be a cheap trip for us and, thanks to skoosh.com's amazing deal with this hotel, it was.

The rooms are very much what you would expect from a mid-range European hotel. The beds and pillows are above average - usually I get a very sore back from all but the best hotel beds and I didn't have this trouble at all here. The water pressure in the shower is also extremely good. The only complaint about the room is that there are not enough places to hold clothing - trying to fully unpack for our week-long stay was impossible and we had to live out of suitcases, which I don't like doing.

The rooftop restaurant and terrace were, as everyone has said, phenomenal. The view was just glorious and it was nice to step out at night and see the view before going to bed.

The first day we were there we asked if it might be possible to book a day trip to Ephesus, which means flying there and back in one day. Nuri (spelling??), who was perhaps a manager (?), was quick to help us, making a few calls and then announcing that it was possible. We sat with him in the lobby for more than an hour drinking tea and chatting while we waited to find out the price. It was fairly reasonable and he told us it included absolutely everything, including a guide and all transfers. We booked it and my husband and son took the trip and loved it.

After the trip was booked, Nuri took us around the corner to his friend's leather shop where, he told us, they could make bespoke leather jackets - exactly to your measurements in one day. I, being a New Yorker, was highly suspicious and tried to be firm about things, but the jackets really were nice and we had been considering getting some leather on this trip anyway. The prices were quite reasonable and we got an off the rack one for my son and a red made-to-order one for me - I picked it up the next day and it is certainly one of the best souvenirs I have ever purchased! If you are interested in leather, ask to be taken here - it was worth it!

Our only trouble with the hotel was at check-out, when we were told we had charges to our account for the transfers to and from the airport on the day my family went to Ephesus. We complained heartily, as we were told without question that everything was included in the one price. The guy at the desk called Nuri and we were told that we didn't have to pay it if we didn't want to, which obviously we did not! We were glad that this was so quickly straightened out, as this preserved our good feeling about our stay at the Ambassador.

Top Local Tips for Istanbul

Blue Mosque Make sure you bring a little extra cash on your way through the Blue Mosque to donate upon your exit. Small tickets are given relative to the amount you donate.

Make sure the meter is on Cabbies will try to fleece you by saying the meter is broken and charging extortionate rates. Cab fare in Istanbul is very low---make sure the meter is running!

NYET to carpet sellers When you have had your fill of capet touts, politely tell them NYET, the Turks will assume you are Russian and have little or no money and will leave you alone.

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  • Address: Ticarethan - Istanbul - 34420 - Turkey
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